Are you ready for some football? In sports-crazed St. Louis, that answer is, of course, a resounding yes. Whether you're a fan of college ball or the NFL (or both), check out our picks for the best football watching spots to let loose, throw back a few beers and down some grub.
Lester's Sports Bar And Grill
The place in St. Louis to watch every football game at any time (thanks to their half-million dollar high-tech audio/visual system), Lester's is the ESPN of sports bars. The men's room boasts two plasma TVs, while the bar holds a Madison Square-style scoreboard and stock ticker to keep track of every game. If you choose to eat at a booth, no worries there thanks to 68 plasma TV screens and a state-of-the-art audio control system to the TV monitor of your choice. Chow down on overstuffed New York deli sandwiches or in-house slow smoked barbeque, and on Friday and Saturday nights, take advantage of Late Night Happy Hour in the bar with $6 appetizers, $4 house wine, $2 off all drafts and $4 well drinks.
9906 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-994-0055; check site for additional locations
Harpo's is West County's answer to the perfect Mizzou Alumni bar and grill. With the original flagship in Columbia, Harpo's is the place to watch the Gold and Black, and also finish up your fantasy draft (thank you free wi-fi!). Best of all, aside from St. Louis staples like toasted ravioli and chicken tenders, Harpo's serves Columbia, MO favorite Shakespeare's Pizza. On NFL gamedays, enjoy breakfast from 10 am-noon and take advantage of Sunday FUNday Specials. Plus, the kitchen is open till 11pm every day of the week.
136 Hilltown Village Ctr., Chesterfield; 636-537-1970
The Post Sports Bar And Grill
Ever wish you could take the comfort of your own couch and combine it with the atmosphere and game-day eats of a neighborhood pub? Well, The Post Sports Bar & Grill does, and has gone to extensive measures so that a day spent at the bar is just as comfortable and relaxed as your couch. Seats are padded to make sure your behind doesn't fall asleep (for real), shuffleboard and foosball are available in between games, and the pizzas are literally the size of Texas (forget the cute gourmet ones). Come for Monday Night Football and enjoy The Post's Monday Night Pizza & Pitcher Special, especially when the Rams take on the Giants on September 19.
7372 Manchester Road; 314-645-1109
Stadium Sports Bar And Grill
The newest luxury bar to enter the St. Louis landscape is also the closest to the Edward Jones Dome, thanks to its location at the posh Lumiere Place. Featuring 50 high-definition flat screen TVs, a 15-seat VIP room and amazing appetizers, sandwiches, smoked meats, steaks and beer offerings, Stadium Sports Bar & Grill is not your ordinary sports bar. The bar stays open till 2am every Friday and Saturday, and 1am on Sunday nights.
LUMIERE Place Casino and Hotels, 999 N. 2nd St.; 314-881-7777
The Corner Pub And Grill
Don't tell Harpo's, but The Corner Pub and Grill considers itself the official bar in St. Louis of Mizzou Alumni. Doesn't matter though, as there's certainly enough Mizzou alumni in St. Louis to pack both places. The Corner offers both a regular and gluten-free menu (including 'mind blowing chili' and 'ain't no thang but a chicken wing'). Regular menu items include homemade pretzels, wraps, teriyaki bowls and juicy burgers. Started by a group of Parkway Grads, The Corner takes its motto, 'Eat Drink And Be Merry,' seriously. Which, after all, is the only way we'd want it.
13645 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood; 636-225-1300; check site for additional location
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